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June 03, 2022



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JetBlue Boosts Spirit Bid with Additional Breakup Offer

JetBlue Airways has improved its offer for Spirit Airlines, boosting a breakup provision to $350 million and adding an upfront cash payment days before shareholders vote on a pending buyout agreement with Frontier. The revised offer increases JetBlue’s reverse breakup fee by $150 million and provides about $164 million payable as a cash dividend “promptly following” a vote approving a combination of the carriers. The move comes after Frontier announced a $250 million breakup fee with Spirit last week if antitrust regulators denied the merger. Spirit rejected JetBlue’s initial $3.6 billion offer, prompting a subsequent $3.3 billion hostile bid.

BNN Bloomberg | Related Frontier Sweetens Offer for Spirit in the Latest Salvo for the Budget-Conscious Airline – Barrons



Thompson Aero Launches VantageDUO Seat

Thompson Aero has unveiled the VantageDUO seat, its single-aisle offering, featuring a similar pitch to traditional recliners but with greater comfort, privacy, and personal space. The VantageDUO includes an Immersive Relaxed Position, based upon the zero-gravity principle,  balancing posture and pressure to establish the most comfortable position possible other than lying flat. The seat features a 41-inch pitch and 130-degree decline. The seats have capacity for a 13.3-inch to 16-inch monitor, power socket, USB, wireless charging, and a drop-down arm for accessibility, allowing access for wheelchair users.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Thompson Aero launches next-gen VantageXL – Asian Aviation



American Airlines Partners with Obe Fitness on In-Flight Content

American Airlines has partnered with Virtual fitness brand Obé to launch in-flight video content beginning June 6. The two companies have created a content library of 10 free travel workout videos to be offered via the airline’s inflight entertainment system. The exercises featured in the videos are designed to be done in-flight. They include a variety of stretches and short routines based on certain travel archetypes like the sunrise traveler, the redeye traveler and the jet setter.

Glossy | Related You Can Now Take A MasterClass While Flying Delta – Forbes



AnadoluJet to Receive Four Additional Ex-S7 Aircraft

In May, Turkish Airlines subsidiary AnadoluJet received a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 initially ordered by Russian carrier S7. It has now been announced that the carrier will receive five of the ex-S7 aircraft. The S7 jets were unable to be delivered due to Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions against Russia. Turkish Airlines has also acquired several Airbus A350-900s initially ordered by Aeroflot, which were also undeliverable due to sanctions.

Simple Flying | Related Undelivered S7 Boeing 737 MAX Gets A Turkish Registration – Simple Flying



ANA to Introduce New Sustainability Themed Livery

ANA has unveiled its new livery to highlight its ongoing commitment to ESG Initiatives. The ANA Future Promise livery will be unveiled for two 787 in the fall of this year. The aircraft will be specially painted with a design symbolizing "water and greenery" to convey the concept of sustainability and will be operated on domestic and international routes. The specially designed aircraft will also feature special services, in-flight meals, and inflight service products focused on sustainability and handling measures to reduce CO2 emissions. ANA has a net-zero emissions goal by 2050.

ANA | Related Jetstar Shows Off A New Livery For Its Airbus A321LRs – Simple Flying



Delhi Airport to Introduce 62 Electric Vehicles for Ground Operations

Delhi airport has announced it will introduce 62 electric vehicles for its airside operations in the next three to four months. The introduction of the vehicles will lead to a reduction of 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. The addition of the vehicles is part of the airports Green Transportation Program which will see the electric vehicles introduced in a phased manner. The operator stated that the airport will also install high voltage and fast-charging stations at strategic locations to meet the requirements of these vehicles and other airport stakeholders.

News 18 | Related ZeroAvia Makes Major Strides in Hydrogen Refueling with Shell Collaboration and Airport Pipeline Launch – Aviation Pros



TATA Projects Wins Contract for India’s Noida Airport

TATA Projects has secured an engineering, procurement, and construction contract from Yamuna International Airport for India's Noida International Airport (NIA). The contract includes building the terminal, runway, airside infrastructure, roads, utilities and landside facilities, and other ancillary buildings at the new airport. The new airport will feature a modern design and aims to integrate Indian culture and hospitality with Swiss technology and efficiency. The company outbid the Shapoorji Pallonji Group and Larsen & Toubro to win the contract.  

Airport Technology | Related Facing govt pressure, Mexico's airlines return to forgotten airport – Reuters





A Qantas Boeing 787-9 arriving at London Heathrow. Captured by @oliverlesiecki

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APEX Content Market is This Week!

APEX Content Market is less than one month away! Register now and join us June 8-9, in Dublin, Ireland, for this exclusive, members-only event featuring the best in TV, movies, games, GUIs, apps & audio. Our show floor for this year's event is expected to SELL OUT, so be sure to secure your spot now. Check out all our exhibitors here and click here to register!


> Quote of the Day

"We [also] have a captive audience in a flight [to] introduce them to Obé. It’s intriguing to us as a brand awareness [tactic] and [a strategy to] get in front of new customers."

Melanie Parke, Obé
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